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NASA Names Gusev Crater Hills After Apollo 1 Crew

A.J.S. Rayl • January 28, 2004

NASA Headquarters issued a press release late yesterday announcing that the agency is memorializing the Apollo 1 crew -- Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee -- by naming the hills surrounding the first Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's landing site after the three astronauts.

Opportunity Scores "A 300-Million-Mile, Interplanetary Hole-In-One"

A.J.S. Rayl • January 26, 2004

Although it did appear from the very first images returned that the second Mars Exploration Rover had landed inside a small crater when it arrived at Meridiani Planum last Saturday night, that belief was confirmed with further analysis yesterday.

Spirit is "In Recovery"

A.J.S. Rayl • January 26, 2004

Spirit stopped transmitting good data last Wednesday, but never went silent. It continued communicating with the MER team and returning good information with which the team is now working.

Mars Rover Spirit Upgraded from "Critical" to "Serious"

A.J.S. Rayl • January 24, 2004

The specially formed Anomaly Team working overnight to unravel the mystery of what happened last Wednesday that caused the rover’s computer to fall into a reboot loop and stop functioning properly – had by this morning come up with a working hypothesis.

Second Mars Rover Opportunity Fast Approaching Mars

A.J.S. Rayl • January 24, 2004

The second Mars Exploration Rover -- Opportunity -- Spirit's identical twin -- is approaching the atmosphere of Mars and is expected to land on the Red Planet tonight around 9:06 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Spirit Remains in "Intensive Care," But Continues to Radio Home

A.J.S. Rayl • January 23, 2004

Spirit 'phoned home' this morning and returned some good engineering data, but the Mars rover remains in "intensive care," as members of a newly formed anomaly team scramble to find out what caused the glitch two days ago -- and how to fix it.

Spirit Suffers "Serious Anomaly," But Continues 'Beeping' Home

A.J.S. Rayl • January 22, 2004

Something is wrong with Spirit, but what exactly it is -- and just how serious it is -- the Mars Exploration Rover team isn't sure.

Spirit Discovers Surprises in Martian Soil, but Earth Weather Blocks Commands to Continue Work

A.J.S. Rayl • January 21, 2004

Spirit got off to a running start this week, using three of the four instruments on her robotic arm to study a patch of Martian soil, and the football-sized rock Adirondack.

Spirit Ventures Out to First Target

A.J.S. Rayl • January 19, 2004

Spirit ventured out yesterday, driving nearly 10 feet (about 3 meters) to its first target -- a football-sized rock that scientists have dubbed Adirondack. Meanwhile, Spirit's twin, Opportunity, successfully completed its first trajectory correction maneuver (TCM) in four months.

Spirit Extends Arm and Takes First Close-Up Images of Martian Soil

A.J.S. Rayl • January 17, 2004

Spirit has extended her robotic arm for the first time to examine a patch of fine-grained Martian soil, and joined forces with the European Space Agency's Mars Express to successfully conduct the first-ever, international, coordinated observation of the planet's atmosphere.

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